28 February 2009

Canberra Petrol Prices on your iPhone

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I’ve come across a cool (and free) iPhone application called GasBag Australia that allows you to find the cheapest petrol near you. To quote the description on iTunes…

‘GasBag Australia is a user-driven application that provides the fastest way to find the cheapest petrol near you. Our users are the best source of pricing data around and can submit those prices with a couple of quick taps. GasBag Australia allows you to search for any type of petrol, log your mileage and petrol costs and track the efficiency of your car.’

I’ve been adding in the details for petrol stations near Belconnen when I drive past and it’s very easy to use. You could say it is ‘FuelWatch’ for your phone. At the moment, there are only a few people in Canberra who are updating prices so it needs more users to be really really useful. But at the very least, because it is all map based, it is very handy for finding petrol stations in an area you aren’t familiar with. You can even find particular brand petrol stations if you have to for a work car etc.

Apparently it’s been developed by some Australian guys based in Silicon Valley and the American version got 75,000 users in the first month. I haven’t found out how to link from iTunes yet, but just type in ‘GasBag Australia’ into iTunes and you will find it.

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It seems that a few more people are using it already which is good. It is interesting to see the disparity in prices between the North Side and the South Side and even from suburb to suburb.

OpenYourMind210:52 am 01 Mar 09

I’ve downloaded it onto my iPhone and there isn’t a lot of data there yet. I wonder if there will be enough contributors to make it worthwhile in Canberra.

I agree there are a lot of crappy apps that you download and then delete, but I’ve also got some awesome apps on my i. There’s one called ‘Now Playing’ which finds your local cinemas (including all of Canberra’s) and then tells you the times for all movies playing and gives a little review etc. I use the eBay and Facebook apps heaps. There’s an Ozzie postcodes app, a Dyno app to measure the quarter mile of your car. Shazam is another I rate highly. When you hear a song on the radio or in a movie, you hit the button and it will listen then tell you what the song is. So, yes, lots of apps aren’t that useful, but the useful ones are awesome.

Lets not forget a lot of those free apps are “novelty” that don’t give more than 5 minutes initial amusement. Ongoing fuel prices and a log of fuel usage strikes me as useful. As this app requires its users to provide regular updates of prices its not free of obligations.

I think that things that empower consumers even in this town can’t be a bad thing overall.

“iPhones are a pain in the arse.”

You need to relax and liberally apply lube. Breathe, relax.

Most Free iPhone Apps Are Not Used After 30 Days


“We’re basically look at Sturgeon’s Law at work here: 90% of everything is crap. Or, more accurately based on Pinch Media’s research 95% of iPhone free apps are not found useful by the user after 30 days.”

It may be available for Windows Mobile, the actual maps being used are Windows Live not Google Maps.

Clown Killer4:02 pm 28 Feb 09

iPhones are a pain in the arse.

You can probably download some freeware from iTunes that will help with that Wanon.

Wanon said :

It would be good if this was available on normal phones too. iPhones are a pain in the arse.

If it’s a pain in the arse, you’re probably not holding it the right way.

It would be good if this was available on normal phones too. iPhones are a pain in the arse.

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